Once again, Jennifer Aniston has crafted the perfect statement about body-shaming. Last year, the 48-year-old Hollywood veteran published an incredibly moving essay about body image on The Huffington Post. In a recent interview with Vogue, the memorable piece came up as a vehicle to ask Jennifer if she feels that anything has since changed for women. Her response was fiercely poignant.
Jennifer Aniston had the perfect response to body-shamers Photo: Getty Images
“I don’t think it’s getting much better,” the Friends actress told the publication. “I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category. They’re either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It’s a weird obsession that people have and I don’t understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them? Why are we teaching young women this?”
The empowering star continued to say: “It’s incredibly damaging. I was finally like, ‘This has just got to stop!’ I couldn’t hear this narrative anymore about being pregnant or not pregnant; you have no idea what is going on personally in our lives and why that is or is not happening and it feels…. In my own brain, I’ve shifted my perspective, so who gives a shit!”
"I'm happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world" Photo: Getty Images
“If you’re going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you’re not at the weight you want to be—you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!” she added. “You have to tune out the noise, which is fine by me, because I just know that I’m happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world and to the people I work with. But, it’s hard. It’s something that people are addicted to: Salacious stories. Maybe [gossip magazines] will be dead one day. Who ever thought Donald Trump would be the President of the United States? I didn’t. I can’t predict squat anymore.”